‘That’s my dog’: Minnesota woman finds lost pup through Florida brewery’s beer can photo

‘That’s my dog’ Minnesota woman finds lost pup through Florida brewery’s beer can photo campaign

BRADENTON, Fla. — A Florida brewery’s idea of putting photos of adoptable dogs on its beer cans had a surprising -- and happy -- ending for a Minnesota woman, who was reunited with her lost pup after three years.

“I was scrolling pretty much on Facebook and I saw,” Monica Mathis told WTVT. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! That’s my dog!’”

Motorworks Brewing of Bradenton began featuring adoptable animals on its cans of Kölsch beer, with part of the proceeds going toward Shelter Manatee, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The campaign was also initiated to help raise awareness for adopting dogs at the Manatee County Animal Services, the Bradenton Herald reported.

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The program was an immediate success, as two of the dogs featured on the beer cans were adopted, according to the newspaper. But one dog, nicknamed “Day Day,” was lost by Mathis three years ago when she lived in Iowa.

Day Day’s name is actually Hazel, WTVT reported. Mathis was incredulous when she saw her dog’s photo on the beer can.

“I really thought she was gone, I never thought I’d see her again,” Mathis told the television station. “I had a doubt, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, it looks like her, but is it really her?”

Mathis called Manatee County Animal Services and provided proof about the dog, including the animal’s microchip information, animal shelter spokesman Hans Wohlgefahrt told WTVT.

It is not clear how the dog made it from Iowa to Florida, but Mathis said Hazel was adept at breaking out of her home.

“She was an escape artist, she was very good at, you know, getting loose,” Mathis told WWSB. "Bolting right through the door. Knocking me over just to get out the door.”

Mathis said she was overcome with emotion when she realized Hazel was the dog pictured on the beer can.

“I was really nervous. I was like, shaking. I was crying," Mathis told WWSB. “My husband was like ‘why are you crying?’ ‘Because I think this is my dog!’”

Hazel will be shipped home to Mathis for free, thanks to the nonprofit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, WTVT reported.

Hazel became the third dog found after a Florida brewery put photos of shelter canines on beer cans.
Hazel became the third dog found after a Florida brewery put photos of shelter canines on beer cans. (Manatee County Animal Services)